Using Non-fiction Text in the ESL Classroom. Julie Caine Montevallo Middle School Shelby County, AL. Objectives. To participate in an “Article of the Week” lesson plan To learn about resources for finding and utilizing high interest non-fiction. Article of the Week. Dream accomplished.
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Using Non-fiction Text in the ESL Classroom
Montevallo Middle School
Shelby County, AL
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Notes on my thoughts, reactions, and things I noticed about the author….
Diana Nyad Completes Historic Havana-Key West Swim
CBS/AP/ September 2, 2013, 1:51 PMDiana Nyad completes historic Havana-Key West swim
KEY WEST, Florida -- U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad's completed a historic Havana-Key West swim on her fifth attempt, 35 years after her first try.
The 64-year-old Nyad stepped ashore in Key West on Monday just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.
Nyad's journey began Saturday morning when she jumped from the seawall of the Hemingway Marina into the warm waters off Havana. She has been swimming the Florida Strait ever since, stopping from time to time for nourishment.
1. Define: endurance, historic, abrasion, intervened, rebuffed, derailed, venomous, predators
2. Locate Havana, Cuba, and Key West, Florida on a map.
3. What did Diana Nyad do that made history?
4. What is a shark cage? Why was it significant that Nyad did not use a shark cage?
5. When did Nyad first attempt to accomplish this feat?
6. Why do you think she took up the challenge again after so many years?
7. Why do people try to set endurance records?
Research: What is the difference between a statute mile and a nautical mile?
The students skim the article using the following symbols:
Turn and talk to your neighbor. Tell them one thing that you learned from this article.
Skim the article, using these symbols as you read:
Create a 3-2-1
3 things you learned
2 amazing things
1 boring fact
List 2 reasons you thought your “boring” choice was boring. Share with two other people.
Teacher and students brainstorm about fact and opinion
Students re-read article (3rd reading)
While reading, students determine fact and opinion, using textual evidence.
“claimed that a cruise ship decided to "make way" for her” (8)
List emotions Diana Nyad may have felt during her swim.
Write a paragraph describing these emotions.
Share with the class.
Text Types and Purposes
21. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.6.1]
a. Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly. [W.6.1a]
b. Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. [W.6.1b]
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
31. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.6.1]
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